House approves overturn of incandescent light bulb ban

The House today used a “voice vote” to easily pass the overturn the ban on incandescent light bulbs, set to go into effect next year. 

From Politico:

The House on Friday morning moved to block federal light bulb efficiency standards without even a roll call vote.

An amendment from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) defunding the Energy Department’s standards for traditional incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient starting next year was approved rather anticlimactically by voice vote.

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The amendment passed 219-196, with 10 Democrats supporting the measure.  It was attached to a broader bill on energy spending.

Earlier this week the House failed to pass a standalone bill similar to Burgess’s amendment because it was brought up using a process called “suspension of the rules” which requires a 2/3 super-majority to pass.   

Congressman Burgess said in an interview after the vote, “My job now on the amendment is to make sure that it survives.”

The repeal now faces an uphill climb in the Democrat-controlled Senate, however.  Dan Weiss of the Center for American Progress made this statement today:

It’s up to the Senate to see the light and remove this anti-consumer, pro-pollution amendment that would block enforcement of modern efficiency standards.

I’m not sure how Weiss figures that the amendment is “anti-consumer.” What’s truly anti consumer is not allowing people to choose which kind of light bulb they want to use.

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